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This Macbeth Is a Real Riot

On this date in 1849, the Astor Place Riot erupted after American actor Edwin Forrest and British actor William Charles Macready “dueled” each other by playing Macbeth just a few blocks from each other. You can read more about the … Continue reading

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Bow to the Birthday Boy–the Bard of Avon

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Shakespeare “Bonds” with Hathaway

A bond to secure William Shakespeare’s marriage to Anne Hathaway is placed on this date in 1582.

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The Bard of Avon Registers His “Pound of Flesh”

On this date in 1598, William Shakespeare’s play The Merchant of Venice was entered on the Stationers’ Register.

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Shakespeare on Fire!

On this date in 1613, the Globe Theatre burns to the ground during a performance of Shakespeare’s Henry VIII.

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8 Phrases We Owe to Shakespeare

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15 Words You Never Knew Came from Literature

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Tyndale Executed for Heresy on This Date

On this date in 1536, British scholar William Tyndale is executed for heresy. Tyndale transformed the English language by incorporating Greek and Hebrew idioms and syntaxes; this revised form is called Early Modem English, a form that Shakespeare built upon. … Continue reading

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The Scottish Play

King Duncan I is killed in battle against his first cousin and rival Macbeth on this date in 1040. Shakespeare immortalizes the two in his play Macbeth (1606).

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All Hail the Bard of Avon

Today is Shakespeare’s birthday!

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